NORWEGIAN WOOD

By Anh Hung TRAN

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Romance - Completed 2010

“I once had a girl or should I say she once had me.” The melancholy tune and sentiment of this classic Beatles song seems to have taken the life of Toru Watanabe (Kenichi Matsuyama), who is similarly uncertain as to how he should view his relationships.

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La Biennale di Venezia - Venice FF 2010
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    • Year of production
    • 2010
    • Genres
    • Romance, Drama
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • JAPANESE
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Anh Hung TRAN
    • Writer(s)
    • Haruki MURAKAMI
    • Producer(s)
    • Shinji OGAWA
    • Synopsis
    • “I once had a girl or should I say she once had me.”
      The melancholy tune and sentiment of this classic Beatles song seems to have taken the life of Toru Watanabe (Kenichi Matsuyama), who is similarly uncertain as to how he should view his relationships. At heart, a quiet and serious young Tokyo college student in 1969, Watanabe, is deeply devoted to his first love, Naoko (Rinko Kikuchi), a beautiful and introspective young woman. But their mutual passion is forged by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Watanabe lives with the influence of death everywhere, while Naoko feels as if some integral part of her has been permanently lost. On the night of Naoko's 20th birthday, they finally make love to each other. However, shortly thereafter Naoko decides to quit college and become a recluse. It is at that time Midori (Kiko Mizuhara) - a girl who is everything that Naoko is not - outgoing, vivacious, supremely self-confident - marches into Watanabe’s life and he has to choose between his future and his past.
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